November 13th, 2015
I’m so happy to be a part of the Fat Quarter Shop blog hop and share my version of their new Firecrackers quilt pattern.
I chose to use Jen Kingwell’s Gardenvale fabric collection.
This pattern is super easy to follow and there is also a video tutorial available here.
Fat Quartershop has a Quilt Kit and Backing Set available featuring Corey Yoder’s Prairie fabrics. Check those out here:
Firecrackers Quilt Kit
Firecrackers Backing Set
If you’re looking for an excuse to buy the 30 degree triangle ruler, or a new pattern to use your ruler with – Firecrackers is a fun one to try. I already have plans to make a smaller version for a baby quilt.
I wanted to try something new with the quilting and I love how it turned out. The texture is so nice and crinkly. All you need to do is start with a wavy line and loosely echo it using 1/4″ to 1/2″ spacing throughout.
The concerns I had using Hobbs heirloom 80/20 batting have been resolved. Pretty sure it was the backing fabric that made it feel so lightweight.
The Firecrackers pattern could have a modern or vintage feel – it all just depends on your fabric choices.
Be sure to check out the other bloggers and their versions of the Firecrackers quilt:
You can pick up a copy of the pattern here. Would love to see your version – tag me on Instagram @juliehirt
November 4th, 2015
This post is a little late as we’ve been using this quilt ever since I put the last stitch on the binding.
I was so excited when I finished it a few weeks ago that I put it straight on the bed.
The fabrics are Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics and may be my absolute favorite fabric collection ever.
The backing is Widescreen in White by Carolyn Friedlander. This is the 2nd quilt I’ve finished with a Widescreen backing. The first was the Oh My Stars! quilt in Blue.
Edited: Wanted to add an up close shot of the quilting. All I have is an Instagram shot since I’ve already deleted it off my phone :/ Here it is still on the long arm:
I completely underestimated how long it would take to stitch up 143 nine-patch blocks. It was a work in progress (mostly off progress) for about a year.
It was quilted using single loops and I’m pretty happy with the overall effect. (If you view the full image above, ignore Penny Lane’s dog hairs – we’ve been using this for a few weeks!)
The batting is Hobbs 80/20 Heirloom. In the future I’ll probably be using 2 layers of that batting or mixing a layer of 80/20 with a layer of Warm & Natural. As is, this Mimosa quilt is definitely summer weight and not nearly as heavy as my other quilts. I bought a huge roll of the 80/20 – it was really nice in a previous throw, so I’m not sure why this feels so light.
I’m really happy with this. This is the first King sized quilt I’ve finished myself from start to finish. The ability to quilt a king size is just another reason I love my Handiquilter Avante!